Aoun Rejects Portfolio Rotation, Warns against 'Tampering' with Christian Representation

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Aoun: We reject any attempt to isolate any political group. almost 6 years
Aoun: The government is the executive authority and it is unacceptable to give up proper Christian representation in the sovereign and important portfolios. It is unacceptable to renounce the rights of any group in power sharing and any tampering with these norms that are based on the National Pact would be a constitutional violation and a manipulation that is more dangerous than withholding confidence from the cabinet. almost 6 years
Aoun: We reject the notion of holding onto any ministerial portfolio, as rotation is acceptable when the cabinet changes, but we reject any manipulation targeting the basis of productivity during the short interval of time (that precedes the presidential vote and the formation of a new cabinet.) That would be a suspicious move aimed at targeting our work (at the ministries.) almost 6 years
Aoun: We can offer a lot of sacrifices but we cannot sacrifice the people whom we represent and we cannot negate ourselves. We cannot accept new complications in the cabinet formation process, as the current period and the process contain enough complications which are only aimed at targeting and attacking us politically. almost 6 years
Aoun: We believe that the new cabinet can pave the ground for a new phase of dialogue for the sake of stability. It would also prepare for holding the presidential vote on time with the aim of electing a president who can unite the Lebanese around the state principle. almost 6 years
Aoun: We would accept a 10-10-10 cabinet formula, which was followed in the past, and it would secure the best representation for us and for others. almost 6 years
Aoun: We are seeking a national unity cabinet and we're pleased with the outcome. almost 6 years
Aoun: We have not been consulted regarding the names of our ministers. almost 6 years
Aoun: Nowadays, and in the same context, there is no credibility in the cabinet formation process. almost 6 years
Aoun: It seems that the National Pact is being violated in some matters and we will raise all the issues that have happened since the elections until today. The biggest violation is the extension of parliament's mandate and the second violation is suspending the Constitutional Council. almost 6 years
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc: We regret the withdrawal of Iran's invitation to Geneva II because this will have dangerous repercussions. almost 6 years
Aoun: We salute the Egyptian people over the success of the referendum on the constitution, which promises a modern civil state. almost 6 years

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday announced the FPM's rejection of any rotation of ministerial portfolios in the new cabinet, saying any such attempt would be considered an attack on the movement.

“We reject the notion of holding onto any ministerial portfolio, as rotation is acceptable when the cabinet changes, but we reject any manipulation targeting the basis of productivity during the short interval of time (that precedes the presidential vote and the formation of a new cabinet.) That would be a suspicious move aimed at targeting our work (at the ministries),” said Aoun in a written statement he recited after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting.

“The government is the executive authority and it is unacceptable to give up proper Christian representation in the sovereign and important portfolios,” he added.

“It is unacceptable to renounce the rights of any group in power sharing and any tampering with these norms that are based on the National Pact would be a constitutional violation and a manipulation that is more dangerous than withholding confidence from the cabinet,” Aoun warned.

He added: “We can offer a lot of sacrifices but we cannot sacrifice the people whom we represent and we cannot negate ourselves. We cannot accept new complications in the cabinet formation process, as the current period and the process contain enough complications which are only aimed at targeting and attacking us politically.”

Aoun voiced rejection any attempt to “isolate any political group,” including the FPM.

“It seems that the National Pact is being violated in some matters and we will raise all the issues that have happened since the elections until today. The biggest violation is the extension of parliament's mandate and the second violation is suspending the Constitutional Council,” he said.

“Nowadays, and in the same context, there is no credibility in the cabinet formation process,” Aoun lamented.

He pointed out that the FPM has not been “consulted regarding the names of our ministers.”

Aoun called for forming a cabinet based on a 10-10-10 formula, “which was followed in the past and would secure the best representation for us and for others.”

“We believe that the new cabinet can pave the ground for a new phase of dialogue for the sake of stability. It would also prepare for holding the presidential vote on time with the aim of electing a president who can unite the Lebanese around the state principle,” he said.

On Monday, caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil held talks with President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to discuss the cabinet formation process.

Sources described the meetings as “negative” as Bassil insisted during talks with Salam on keeping the Telecommunications and Energy ministries with the FPM, without offering any alternatives.

However, Salam, who was appointed in April, held onto the concept of “fair, balanced and comprehensive rotation of portfolios.”

The cabinet formation process was put on the front burner after Speaker Nabih Berri proposed a revised 8-8-8 government formula and Suleiman said he would form a so-called neutral cabinet if the political rivals don't agree on an all-embracing government within days.

Amid the Lebanese Forces' rejection of Hizbullah's participation in the cabinet, the March 14 camp has reportedly accepted the 8-8-8 formula in principle, but it is awaiting answers pertaining to the ministerial policy statement and the rotation of portfolios among political parties.

The 8-8-8 formula divides ministers equally between the centrists and the March 14 and 8 alliances.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 28
Default-user-icon boujamrah (Guest) almost 6 years

wow really he starts with the withdrawal of Iran's invitation to Geneva II, nothing more urgent happening in lebanon?

Thumb proudm14. almost 6 years

"The biggest violation is the extension of parliament's mandate and the second violation is suspending the Constitutional Council."

The former supported by your entire alliance, the latter completely and solely caused by HA intimidation.

Default-user-icon uinsse (Guest) almost 6 years

don't forget the two year extension was an Amal Hezballah proposition the rest were calling a four month extenuation at the most.

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

'We regret the withdrawal of Iran's invitation to Geneva II because this will have dangerous repercussions.'
Dangerous like the pasdarans around Ghouta and Damascus airport ?
Dangerous like the use of barrel bombs they taught Bashar and El Bechir ?

Default-user-icon boujamrah (Guest) almost 6 years

So nobody thought to tell this guy, there was a bomb in haret hreik his former neighborhood today

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

darn, Tuesday already!? Please Naharnet, Monday is still consulting with his psycho over why Monday is a hated day, Tuesday could have been better if our dear general did not appear always sulking and whipping everyone, so Naharnet, do us a favor, get a picture where Aoun is at least relaxed, smiling and for once admits his wrongs. At least he congratulated General Al Sisi, wish we had someone like him in Lebanon though.

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

bani: why now aoun wants a national unity government and he orchestrated the fall of the last one? Is that normal you think? What changed?

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

thanks @bani, it makes a lot of sense.

Thumb popeye almost 6 years

Aoun once again demonstrates his intransigence for purely personal gains.

Thumb beiruti almost 6 years

Or maybe he is making a hole and describing some other more prominent physical characteristic he has.

Thumb beiruti almost 6 years

I love the picture of him holding his index finger to his thumb like that. Makes you wonder what he is describing, doesn't it? like the size of his brain maybe.

Thumb general_puppet almost 6 years

"10-10-10 formula"… were did this lunatic come up with this? Now Aoun wants everyone back at the starting point? Aoun an with son-in-law are worthless losers, they have that oil money taste in their mouths and will do anything to keep that portfolio.

Thumb Marc almost 6 years

Aoun rejects . . . . His middle name is reject for crying out loud.. no matter what happens, he will come out grumpy

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

When a leader deviates from the wellbeing of the people, he ceases to become a leader, he thus becomes a follower; a follower of personal interests.

Thumb ex-fpm almost 6 years

This man amazes me. In the hariri government he and his allies had veto power in a national unity government. The country was moving along nicely. Growth, tourism, jobs and stability. They also had their equation of resistance bla bla bla. They torpedoed hariri's government, replaced it by their own, failed miserably, and now back to a national unity government headed by a pro M14 figure. In this proposed government, they do not have veto power and no equation, and no fixed portfolios. Now, can someone please explain to me the meaning of "destructive".

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

ufffff..... where are all these thumbs down coming from????? Not one single opposing poster yet we have 10 down so far:)))))))))))

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

So far none of the shia FPM puppies commented.... They just unlike comments. That's because its organized crime. Nusra will deal w/ them shortly hopefully. Jajajajajajaja

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Some have made it past the 30 mark bro. Don't get upset, just proves that the troll population has phenomenally grown lately. This is Lebanon, for every Lebanese citizen, we have ten trolls.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Actually now that we're talking of trolls, wlik min illou jalad to make several profiles and spend hours thumbing down or up people?! Please, let us that are 100% genuine posters, people who've NEVER had but ONE profile, just come and mark your Alias here. Our only weapon is our honesty and integrity and please, please, let the mods ascertain who is lying and who is truthful. I am first to take the challenge : -Phoenix1.

Thumb beiruti almost 6 years

I see Aoun's trollers have hit this article

Thumb general_puppet almost 6 years

For now only the invisible one's the other one's don't seam to have the stomach to post on Aoun's latest lunacy.

Thumb general_puppet almost 6 years

Wow, the M8 thumbs down brigade is hard at work… but no sign of Aoun's Idolizers?

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

They'll all show up within a small timeframe. Because 'them' is 'one'.

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

Tuesday night in lebanon.... The worst day of the week there...

Missing lebcan almost 6 years

There embarrassed from his comments...

Thumb smarty almost 6 years

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Thumb popeye almost 6 years

Syria's Assad accused of boosting Al-Qaeda with secret oil deals

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10585391/Syrias-Assad-accused-of-boosting-Al-Qaeda-with-secret-oil-deals.html

Missing watan-libnan almost 6 years

Hey Aoun you only represent christians we all know that and you will never be president because a president represents the entire nation . This country will never be free until it becomes secular and fools like Aoun not part of any government and to all you Aoun cheerleaders go to hell with him